Newark, NJ— Exactly a week before Thanksgiving and following United’s announcement on Monday that they are going to be spending $120 million to bring fine dining to EWR, airport workers are saying “What about us?” Tomorrow at 10AM workers will be delegating UNITED to tell Prime Flight, a major contractor at EWR, to respect workers in solidarity with Philly PrimeFlight workers that will be striking tomorrow.
PrimeFlight is a Nashville, TN-based airline contractor, with over 5,000 employees, a presence at 44 airports nationwide, estimated annual revenues of $30 million, and a dubious track record. Between 2010 and 2013, the company has paid to settle at least 5 OSHA health and safety citations and has paid $1.4 million in settlements, back pay and penalties for employee wage-and-hour claims since 2005.
Philly PrimeFlight employees are walking out of work tomorrow and striking over unfair labor practices, including the termination of a worker, illegal interrogation of workers over strike and a recent complaint issued by the NLRB. Prime Flight airport workers at LGA and EWR will be holding solidarity actions at respective airports in the fight for better pay and working conditions, improved health and safety, along with proper training.
WHO: Moacir Weinrich – Pastor at St Stephans Lutheran Church, Newark
Ronald Tuff – Minister at First Bethel Baptist Church, Irvington
Robert Jackson, Pastor at Israel Memorial AME Church, Newark (Tentative)
Dozens of contracted passengers services workers, cabin cleaners, and other airport workers.
WHAT: Airport workers will be gathering together in numbers to deliver the recent Wage Theft Report that came out Tuesday the 18th to United Offices and will be calling on United Airlines to respect airport workers.
WHERE: Third floor of Terminal C Arrivals
By Dunkin Donuts
WHEN: Thursday, November 20th at 10AM
Delegation of workers will meet by Dunkin’ Donuts on 1st floor of Terminal C Arrivals and proceeds to United Airlines offices, on 3rd floor.
With 145,000 members in 11 states–including nearly 10,000 in New Jersey–32BJ SEIU is the largest property services union in the country.